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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fall into Fall - It's a Party #195

Welcome to this week's Fall into Fall party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Calypso in the Country shared the house from Something's Gotta Give.  So much inspiration to be found in this room.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Confessions of a Serial DIYer created this super cute Anthropologie inspired stocking.  I pinned this days before this even got linked up to my party - Love it!!

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Gustave & Voltaire shared this gorgeous french cabinet transformation.  Stunning!

TASTY TREATS:
Pickles & Peppers shared a recipe for guacamole.  This is probably my very favorite food on the entire planet!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall into Fall - It's a Party #194

Welcome to this week's Fall into Fall party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
A Stroll Thru Life gave her living room a new look for winter.  Love it - especially the faux fur throw.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
The Crazy Craft Lady created a giraffe striped feature wall using wallpaper.  Great tutorial.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Confessions of a Serial Diyer transformed an estate find into this beauty.  You have to stop by to see the before to truly appreciate the after.

TASTY TREATS:
The Athletic Avocado shared a recipe for strawberry lemon-cream pie breakfast pizza.  What a good looking breakfast!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MacKenzie Childs Inspired Cookie Jar

Clearly I am obsessed with MacKenzie-Childs lately.  


The MacKenzie-Childs cookie jar is another one of my favorites.  The cookie jar sells for $52.  I knew I could definitely recreate this for less.


Here are my versions-they cost me a total of $15 each.  


I found these two cookie jars at Target for $4.99 each.  They were perfect because they already had a knob that I could remove and replace.

To make the painting process easier and smudge free, I used skewers and put each of the lids over a plastic cup.  I painted several light coats of linen white.

Using the same process as with my other projects,  I marked each lid with dots to form a grid and started painting.

Once the lids were dry I added aqua highlights and then finished it all off with polyurethane.
The knobs I used were pricey at $10 each.  I found them at Anthropologie.  I could have used less expensive knobs, however these had the brass base which mimicked the MacKenzie-Childs knob.

Even at $10 per knob the whole project only cost $15/jar vs. $52/jar.  Plus I was able to have a larger and smaller cookie jar...MacKenzie-Childs only sells one size (large).

  I am loving my new cookie jars.


You can check out my MacKenzie-Childs inspired vase here...

and my MacKenzie-Childs inspired pumpkins here.

Can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall into Fall - It's a Party #193

Welcome to this week's Fall into Fall party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Calypso in the Country shared a gorgeous girly bedroom from a showhouse.  

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Artsy VaVa transformed a chair and created this beauty.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
An Extraordinary Day  shared a tutorial on how she created this super cute acorn photo frame.

TASTY TREATS:
The Pin Junkie shared her recipe for caramel apple nachos.  What a yummy looking dessert.

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

MacKenzie Childs Inspired Vase

After making my Mackenzie-Childs inspired pumpkins the other day, I found myself searching through their website and finding more and more things to swoon over.  They have a pattern called Parchment which is absolutely beautiful and coordinates with my decor.  

  
I literally used the same paints and technique as I used for my pumpkins.
I painted each square of the grid pattern using one easy step.  I squeeze a drop of each of the colors I am using next to each other and load up my brush as shown.  That way when I paint the shading is already done.  After everything is dry I coated the piece with polyurethane to give it the same shiny look.  



Not bad for a free project.

Can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall into Fall - It's a Party #192

Welcome to this week's Fall into Fall party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
33 Shades of Green  shares a tour of her beautiful bathroom.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Clockwork Interiors transformed a boring brown garage sale find into this handsome masterpiece.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
So Much Better With Age gives a great tutorial to create this boxy door draft blocker.

TASTY TREATS:
The Athlete Avocado shared a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake french toast bread bake.  Wow...yummy!



If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

30 Minute Crochet Infinity Scarf

When the weather gets cooler, it puts me in the mood to crochet.  I was looking for a quick and simple project that would use one skein of yarn.  I have been really into infinity scarves this season, so I thought I would try my hand at crocheting one.  I scoured Pinterest for inspiration and saw tons of different infinity scarf patterns.  I couldn't really settle on one, so I made up my own version.

Here's what I used:

1 skein Lion's Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick
Crochet Hook Size N
Scissors


I crocheted this in the round.  You could crochet it as a long rectangle and then sew it together, but I found it easier to work in the round.

1.  Chain 75 stitches.  For more of a cowl chain less.  To be able to double loop your scarf chain more.

2.  At the end of the chain, slip stitch through the first stitch to make a circle.  Make sure your chain isn't twisted.

3.  Chain 3.  For round 1 double crochet starting at the 5th stitch from the hook (including your chain 3) Continue to double crochet in each stitch in the round.

4.  When you get to the end of the round slip stitch through the top of the first chain of three to join the circle.  

5.  Continue steps 3 & 4 for as many rounds as you like until you get to your desired width.  I did nine rounds in total.

6.  Once you get it to the width you like, tie off your ends and hide it in your work.

7.  For the tie I used the extra yarn left and chained another 20 stitches.  I then double crocheted back and forth until I ran out of yarn.  I sewed on a button and buttoned it on.


It took me about thirty minutes.  I love the thick and chunky yarn and a big crochet hook.  It makes for really quick work.

Can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy


  
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